Hyderabad: The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday sanctioned Rs. 17 lakh for the treatment of film critic and actor Kathi Mahesh who was injured in a road accident on 25 June.

Mahesh was returning to Hyderabad when his SUV rammed into a lorry at Chandrasekhara Puram under Kodavalur mandal on the Chennai-Kolkata National Highway in Nellore. He suffered severe injuries and was rushed to Medicover Hospitals, Nellore. Later, he was shifted to Apollo Hospital in Gandhi Nagar, Chennai.

The order sanctioning Rs. 17 lakh was issued by AP Chief Minister's Office under the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to the Apollo Hospital.

"I am to request you to extend necessary treatment to Kathi Mahesh Kumar from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund for which the government has assured an amount up to Rs. 17 lakh," Dr. M. Hari Krishna, the special officer to Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, wrote to the director of Apollo Hospital, Gandhi Nagar.

Dr. Krishna asked the hospital to provide treatment to Mahesh and submit the original bills along with the original letter for reimbursement to his office within 90 days after Kumar was discharged.

Kathi Mahesh is infamous for his unpopular views. On 9 July 2018, the Telangana police had banned Kathi from entering Hyderabad for six months for allegedly calling Lord Rama a "cheat" during a Telugu TV debate.

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